Tegra 2-powered LG Optimus 2X set to be world’s first dual-core smartphone


Some of you may have seen it before when it was called the LG Star, but the mystery smartphone from Korea's LG has now been officially revealed as the LG Optimus 2X wielding some very impressive specifications. Claiming to be the "world's first and fastest dual-core smartphone," the Optimus 2X is powered by a 1GHz nVidia Tegra 2 which we know has a ARM Cortex-A9 processor at its core. But the excitement doesn't stop there with other highlights including a 4-inch WVGA touch screen, an 8MP rear-facing camera capable of recording 1080p full HD video, playback of 1080p video with HDMI-output, DLNA compatibility, a 1.3MP front-facing webcam, 8GB local storage expandable via microSD (up to 32GB), a 1500mAh Li-on battery, and the standard range of sensors including an accelerometer and gyro-sensor.

As for the operating system, there has been some speculation that the 2X would be the second smartphone out the door with Android 2.3 Gingerbread following the Nexus S. Unfortunately this isn't the case with LG stating that the latest member of the Optimus family would ship with Android 2.2 FroYo, with an update to Gingerbread in the near future. On the other hand, concerns that the device wouldn't make its way out of its Korean homeland have thankfully been dispelled with LG confirming that it plans to launch the Optimus 2X in international markets, starting with Asia and Europe, following its initial launch in Korea set for next month. No pricing details have been announced yet for Korea or any other markets.

As we are on the cusp of the shift to dual and multi-core mobile processors, it's very exciting to see the launch of one of the first actual devices to feature such technology. The Tegra 2 has already been proven to be one of the most powerful mobile processors in the market with leading application processing, graphics, and multimedia performance. The big question mark for me is whether the Optimus 2X will carry a price premium over existing flagship smartphones, and if so, how much? But with a range of next-generation processors and devices that use them on the horizon, it seems only a matter of time before multi-core processors take over the mobile landscape as they have in traditional computers.

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Jeremy To

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